I guess we are going to be on the topic of Shipp’s 3 point shooting until he knocks down a few. Once again Shipp’s 3 point shooting was the top topic in this week’s team press conference. Not only did Coach Howland and JS addressed the topic head on during the conference, they left no doubt on how hard they have been working on finding back Josh’s rhythm:
"Part of that too, is when you play a guy so many minutes and you’re beaten up –- and we ask him to do everything, play really good defense –- and still knock down shots from the perimeter, When you’re playing 35 minutes a game and you’re playing really hard, it’s not easy. But I think today was a really good step back in the right direction.
"He’s been coming in to look at the film of the last three games, just to see the shots. I’m really confident that he’ll get it going again. In fact, I want him to see the ASU game; he shot really well the first time we played ASU. When he’s open, we expect him to take the shot.
"One thing I think he’s got to do, is shot fake. So many people -– because he’s so good -– are running at him and flying at him, he’s got to be able to shot-fake it and bounce it some. He’s actually doing a better job of that."
Opponents have altered their defense of Shipp, often sending defenders running out to close down an open shot.
"I think maybe I've been thinking about it too much, just hearing (Howland) say guys are running at me, being more conscious shooting the ball," Shipp said. "We always have a saying that we don't see the defender, but maybe that's gotten in my head a little bit."
While Josh has been working hard to get his shot back, KL is not making any excuses for his lethargic performance (the notion that a 15 pts/11 boards performance can be considered "lethargic" goes to show what kind of player KL is) from Saturday. He went out of his way to "apologize" to his team-mates:
As point guard Darren Collison noted, it is the special player who can score 15 points with 11 rebounds and have his effort questioned.
"Actually he showed me he was a great player," Collison said. "He had a bad game and had 15 and 11. He's not perfect, though."
Love said he talked with Bruins Coach Ben Howland and with his family afterward. "It wasn't that I had a bad attitude," Love said. "It was just one of those games where I was out of it and I have to apologize to the team about that because I shouldn't let my actions affect my team.
"Another game like that is not going to happen. It's not fair to me, not fair to my teammates, not fair to my coaches and not fair to fans."
Speaking of this week here are Coach Howland’s thoughts on ASU:
Even though the Bruins won easily in their first meeting at home, 84-51, Howland expects a tough game Thursday and into the future. "Look at the youth of the team right now, it’s incredible," he explained. "They have good, young players in their program. They’re going to be very good not only this year. I think we’re going to get 6-7 teams in [to the NCAA Tournament] and they’ll be one of them. If they beat us on Thursday, it obviously enhances their resume to get in. So we know they’re going to play very, very hard and be very motivated. That’s the same thing we saw on Saturday; if Oregon beats us, that enhances their chances of getting into the NCAA Tournament."